10 Steps of a home remodeling project

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To help you feel prepared for what’s ahead, here is an overview of the home remodeling process:

  1. Define the scope of your project. Smart planning means considering all of the systems of your house before you begin. Our Remodel Planning Checklist can help you think through the details. Read more…
  2. Hire the right professionals for your home remodeling project. We’ll walk you through the selection process. Read more…
  3. The architect or designer develops detailed plans to be used for project approvals and contractor bids. For an overview of the design process, read more…
  4. Use your plans and specifications to request bids and interview contractors. Read more…
  5. Compare bids, select your contractor and negotiate the contract. Revise plans per contractor recommendations and cost containment if necessary. Read more…
  6. Submit plans and requirements to your local city planning department for approvals and permits. Read more…
  7. Construction begins! Prepare yourself for the demo with our tips on living in your house during your remodel. Read more…
  8. It’s time to pick out your finishes. Determine what you need to select and when to stay ahead of the game. Read more…
  9. During construction, continuous communication with your contractor. Read more…
  10. Finally, the end is here – almost. Create a punch list to ensure everything is completed. Read more…

 

If you know what to expect this process does not need to feel daunting. Just be prepared to allocate a fair amount of time to your project, even while you’ve hired others to do the work for you. Many decisions get made along the way that will need your involvement. The larger the project scope, the more time you will need to devote. Surprises will pop up along the way that will need to be addressed. Do not plan any long vacations and make sure you are available during this time.

NEXT STEP: Define the scope of your project.